1st stop, Martinique

Three weeks and three days spent in Beautiful Martinique, all will be missed but many memories will be never be forgotten. Living for the first time in a place where not a lick of English is spoken, has been nothing less than an eye opening experience. Mom I thought you talked a lot with your hands, but oh my go somewhere that no one understands your language, and we’ll see who talks with their hands.
On Friday January sixth we moved aboard Blue Beach. Walking down the dock in Le Marin I had no idea what to expect, approaching the end of the dock I could only see a piece of the bow, and the mast that seemed to go for ever into the sky. Then there I was standing in front of what I was going to call home speechless. Being one of those amateur sailors who doesn’t know the bow from the stern I was thoroughly impressed. The best way to describe Blue beach is one of those boats that makes you stop and take interest immediately even if you don’t know anything about boats. Mind you this was just the outside, inside was a little piece of heaven. Mrs. Poynter gave me the grand tour and I followed with a tear in my eye. Such detail in everything from the counter tops, to the teak I was in sheer amazement.
Henry and Annabel took a bit of time to get use to their new home, but so far so good. We have only lost a Henry shovel- not a Henry, so we think we are doing well.
Everyday has come with new surprises, our first dingy ride was to St. Anne to the beach, not a bad destination. Great big beach filled with every age roup of people there are. We made part of our daily schedule to get to the beach in the afternoon for a little cool off. Another day brought our first motor with everyone aboard, including the project manager for Oyster. Very exciting 45 minutes!
If any of you know me well, you know I have some problems with motion sickness I am glad to report no motion sickness so far! Although, the land sickness gets me everytime I leave the boat. I guess floating for a large majority of my day will result in a reaction to lack of motion.
We have spent two weeks and three days on the end of dock #3 next to the fuel pumps next to charter sailboat central. The things I have seen hanging out in the cockpit are etched in my brain forever.
Alvin the crazy dingy driver whom every night would lay atop the sides of the dingy and drive with his feet singing at the top of his lungs god knows what songs. After two weeks of getting a chuckle in his expense every night Mrs Poynter found out his name and his home country. He grew up in Jamaica which meant he could speak very good English, so then everyday after he would come an make faces and play with Henry.
The first people I hung out with on the island Mr. Poynter hooked me up with. Three people on a huge ass tender to a boat named Helois all from Australia. Next on the social agenda was some guys from the largest sailing catalmarian in the world surname Douce France. All of them from various parts of the U.K. and France, it was very interesting to see their point of view of Americans.
Chaz one of the british guys I hung out with a few more times he invited me this past Sunday to find the 30 meter waterfall with him and two other crew members. These were very special crew members from a very familiar place. John and Laura live/work aboard a 65ft. Swan named Tihama, the familiar place could have been anywhere in the U.S. and I would have said it was close, but to make it even more ironic, they were from Minnesota. So the four of us set out for a place we had no idea of its location. We made a pit stop at the local Mcdonalds…not any better on a French island! We asked directions, and with their broken English, and chaz’s broken French we though we know where we were headed. We parked the rental and headed into the rainforest on foot. We walked through an amazing forest didn’t find the waterfall, but had a great hike besides. After the muddy, hot hike we drove to St. Pierre a village in Martinique that got take out in 1902 by a huge volcanic lava slide, leaving only two to survive, an old man in his cellar and a criminal in the local penetentary. Very cute little place with a lot of resembelance of New Orleans (French influence). Next stop was Fort De France the capital, and biggest city in Martinique. Not too impressed with the place, we just did a quick drive through and headed to St. Anne our neighbor city to Le Marin for dinner.
Being on the end of the dock as I said we see a lot of action, there was a regatta that started in Spain and ended in Le Marin Martinique right next to us. Later that night I set out to check my email in the local bar Mango Bay and found John and Laura hanging out. I joined their table and right there my quiet night of email checking turned for the best. The entire crew of the Spanish regatta joined us at the bar celebrating their arrival with champagne and song. John and Laura invited them to come celebrate on Tihama,. And man did we celebrate. Now I was on a French island hanging out with a bunch of Spanish guys, whom only some of them spoke English. Hit another language barrier, but didn’t slow a thing down.
This afternoon we are saying c’est la vie to le Miran and anchoring outside of St. Anne where we will stay only for the night and head out to St. Lucia in the morning. Our first sail, I will definetly update you on that asap.
Love and miss you all….Katie signing out.
Sorry about the mistakes, I was on a time crunch….

Attention

Please please please do not try to call my phone, it is not working but for some reason still charging me for the calls. Im not sure if any of you have traveled outside of a country with your noninternational phone, but its smoking expensive! so please please just email me and i will get back to you asap.
Update:
not much to update on right now, we got the dingy working so now we take an afternoon dingy ride over to Ste Anne where there is a beautiful beach. Besides that life is moving a bit slow right now, but still enjoying every moment of it!!!
miss you all!!!!

martinique

hello everyone,
life on a boat is GREAT we havent left the marina yet but besides that everything is going as planned. the two hardest things here is no one speaks english; so im polishing up on my french, and the key boards here are totally backwards; aaron you would hate it! just wanted to give a quick update from the internet cafe:
I miss everyone SOOO much being home was soo great;
well over and out; I will be back on again soon:
hope everyone is staying warm!!!!! its soo hot here!!

Back we go, back we go

Back in St. John’s for the Holidays to come. We arrived Friday the 18th with no delays. The air is crisp and clear, and my god is it quiet! We had to turn on a radio to make some noise when we arrived at the house. Boston really did a number on our hearing senses! Besides the minor adjustments everything else is going great. Boston is definetly missed already, but this’ll do for a while till I go home. Gotta keep that head high…..its all part of the job.

Since Ive been back…

Where to start. where to start…..You could probably say I have seen more of Boston and its nightlife than I ever imagined! Thanks to my friend Paul, a Rhode Islander,and refuge from Tulane Law school in New Orleans. I met Paul at a bar outside of Fennway park called Tiki. That was on October 1st. Since then I really cannot say how much fun he has showed me just rollin about wherever our heart desired around Boston …. Just a small glimpse.
*Rebirth concert-http://www.rebirthbrassband.com/rbb/index.shtml *****Definetly worth checking out!!!

*Two trips to Rhode Island (where hes originally from) one trip included a Concert accompained by someone you may have heard of… 311….short but sweet concert!

* North Mississippi All Stars concert-http://www.nmallstars.com/ *****Also someone worth checking out…..I saw it and was so in the moment…..speechless…

* I have seen the inside of just about every night/dance club Boston has to offer..Ok a bit over exaggeration, but I make my out enough..and have only once repeated my presence at a bar.

* Believe it or not you St. Thomas folk, but I have danced more in the last month and a half than I have in my WHOLE LIFE COMBINED…..So watch out Whitewater crew, because we are going to DANCE when I come home!!!

I want to thank Paul in front of the whole World Wide Web that I had the time of my life thanks to you….Im really gonna miss you!

A bit more news for those who are still listening..reading… I became the proud nanny of 2 on October 30th Miss Annabel Florence Poynter was born 8lbs, 3oz. Just cute as a button. So the easy life as a nanny of one, became a bit more hectic life of a nanny of two, but just as enjoyable. We are packing up the Boston residence as we speak, and heading back to St. John’s Newfoundland Canada where we will reside till I come home.

For anyone whos still out there..

To continue with my story from florida, Jeff and I drove down to the keys and had a BLAST. We made it all the way down to Keywest, after stopping and visiting my girl Kim in Orlando. We went on a day sail, which consisted of snorkeling, kyacking,parasailing, and jetskiing…all of which I very much enjoyed! After a few days there, we went up to Naples and walked along the biggest beach that Ive ever seen! The night before I left, we went out with chris and Holly….some of Jeff, and Adriane’s friends 🙂 in Fort Myers.
Overall I give Florida an 8, but only from what I had seen! I’ll be back..

Thank you babe for a great time…love ya

about 2500 miles in 9 days

So you may be asking yourself, where did this crazy girl go. It all started out with the best possible surprise on Thursday October the 6th, Jeff surprised me by coming into the city for the night. The next day we were off…Mrs Poynter, Henry and I..that is. We drove to Hyannis and hopped on a 10 person Island Air plane to Nantucket for the weekend. Cute little place a bit ritzy for my taste, but that was to be expected. With its cobble stone streets, old wood shuttered homes, great little shops, and aromas of east coast food all around. I figured out it really is not my place to be, But I got to see Eric Raymond total sweetheart! and a never ending beach, so I was quite happy with the weekend.
TBC